Day 10: Light Of The World

by Dec 10, 2020Christmas 2020, Devotional, Songs of Christmas

The world waits for a miracle
The heart longs for a little bit of hope
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel
A child prays for peace on Earth
And she’s calling out from a sea of hurt
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel

And can you hear the angels singing

Glory to the light of the world
Glory, the light of the world is here

The drought breaks with the tears of a mother
A baby’s cry is the sound of love
Come down, come down, Emmanuel

He is the song for the suffering
He is Messiah, the Prince of Peace has come
He has come, Emmanuel

Glory to the light of the world

For all who wait
For all who hunger
For all who’ve prayed
For all who wonder
Behold your King
Behold Messiah

Emmanuel, Emmanuel

(Watch the music video from LP Worship)

Two years ago, I was scrolling Facebook when I saw a post from an acquaintance.  She was sharing an adoption profile of a couple who was unable to have their own children.  Their adoption application had been live for months without any hits.  “They are patiently waiting,” my acquaintance wrote in her post, “but they are so ready to become parents!”

This post sat on my heart.  My husband and I had nine embryos in storage after a successful IVF attempt in 2012.  We had been praying over their fate and were currently working with an embryo adoption agency but the process was slow and the available couples with the agency were limited.

Finally, I decided to act. “I saw your post about the couple looking to adopt,” I wrote in a message to my acquaintance.  “I noticed they could not have a child due to a medical diagnosis.  I wondered if they might be open to embryo adoption or if that’s out of the question due to the diagnosis.  Do you mind finding out for me?”

She responded within a day that the potential adoptive mother, Christi, would love to speak to me directly.  Exactly 519 days later, Christi gave birth to baby girl who was perfectly planned to be her daughter, no matter that she happened to be my biological one.

When Lauren Daigle was writing her song “Light of the World” she says that she focused on the period when Jesus was born.  “There were about 400 years when nothing had happened,” she says.  “The earth was silent and there wasn’t a voice from God. Out of the silence broke forth the Savior of all eternity” (Davis 2013).

Indeed, this silence is reflected in the song’s lyrics:

For all who wait, for all who hunger.

For all who’ve prayed, for all who wonder.

400 years of silence, longing for a Messiah.  Many months plus 519 days of waiting to be called mother.  So many days where nothing happened.  And then suddenly, the burst of angels heralding good news.  A child is born.  The greatest blessing.  The biggest miracle.  Of her life and mine.

“The world waits for a miracle,” Daigle sings.  How blessed are we that God always delivers

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